“Could you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?”
Of course, as we all know, the answer is “Yes. Practice, Practice, Practice,” be we also know that a love of chamber music, vocal performance, and concerto can bring interested parties to Carnegie Hall.
Known for its highly-praised hall and grand stages, the Midtown concert venue resides on the east side of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street, just two blocks south of Central Park. The building is the last of the large buildings in NYC built of masonry, without a steel frame, but the historical locale gains its celebrity from the fact that it provides workspaces for countless painters, photographers, literary agents, playwrights, actors, and masters of music, dance, and drama.
Carnegie with it’s three distinct performance spaces has always invited the brilliance of philharmonic and concerto into the lives of its audiences. Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Zankel Hall, and the Weill Recital Hall each have an individual history, with the Stern stage known as the most prestigious concert stage in the United States.
The snowy months of ahead will be made more comfortable by the host of the dramatic arts, classical music, and chamber performances that will grace these stages. Read onto learning ten upcoming productions for the 2017 holiday season you should be excited about:
November 20 at 8 PM: 7th Annual Christmas in New York — Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“The American Festival Choir performs the world premiere of The Worship of Christmas, composed for the “7th Annual Christmas in New York” by conductor Dr. Phil Barfoot and Rebecca J. Peck, arranged by Bradley Knight. Charles Billingsley joins the ensemble in his second appearance at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Billingsley currently serves as Lead Worship Leader for Dr. David Jeremiah at Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California. Also joining the Dove Award-winning ensemble Point of Grace is TaRanda Greene, a guest vocalist at the Brooklyn Tabernacle and Bill Gaither Homecoming Video Series.”
December 1 at 8 PM: Benefit Concert for The Natural Resources Defense Council & The Way of the Rain — Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“Environmental artist Sibylle Szaggars Redford and composer Tim Janis collaborate for the world premiere of The Way of the Rain – Voices of Hope, a benefit concert for the Natural Resources Defense Council and nonprofit organization The Way of the Rain. The evening brings together music, art, and film for an homage to planet Earth. Performance film by Sibylle Szaggars Redford and Floyd Thomas McBee.”
December 9 at 8 PM: Chamber Orchestra of New York –Weill Recital Hall
“Chamber Orchestra of New York continues its 10th anniversary season with a second Carnegie Hall concert featuring double string orchestra. The program includes Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, and Richard Strauss’s Metamorphoseon. Music Director Salvatore Di Vittorio also presents the world premiere of his Preludio Sentimentale.”
December 11 at 8 PM: Andy Cooney’s Christmas Celebration — Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“In his seventh performance at Carnegie Hall, Andy Cooney presents the “Christmas Celebration.” This concert benefits Father Francis Pizzarelli’s organization Hope House Ministries, which focuses on helping young people with addiction as well as homeless, single mothers within the Long Island community.”
December 13 at 8 PM: Sing-Along: The Music of Stevie Wonder — Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“Since he exploded on the scene as a teenage superstar in the 1960s, Stevie Wonder has blazed new paths in R&B, pop, blues, jazz, and gospel. Now you don’t have to be shy about belting out “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” “Higher Ground,” or “Superstition” because you are one of the performers in this joyous sing-along concert.” Leela James, BeBe Winans, and Paul Shaffer will perform.
December 14 at 8 PM: Young People’s Chorus Of New York City Winter Holiday Celebration — Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“The Young People’s Chorus of New York City celebrates the holiday season with a concert highlighting the different ways New York City families commemorate the festivities. In a season of joy, peace, and a spirit of giving, YPC’s award-winning choristers perform a program of holiday favorites, international gems, and special surprises.”
December 15 at 7 PM: The Princeton Nassoons’ Holiday Concert — Weill Recital Hall
December 17 at 8 PM: Garden State Philharmonic — Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
December 18 at 8 PM: New York New Fusion Music Festival — Weill Recital Hall
“Members of I-CAN Music Ensemble join with Unheard-Of//Ensemble, F-Plus Music, and All of the Above Ensemble to premiere five pieces by contemporary American and Chinese composers, including Douglas Knehans, Edward Smaldone, Nickitas Demos, Reiko Fueting, and Xian Wang, winner of the New York, New Fusion Music Festival composition competition. The concert aims to promote and celebrate a fusion of Western and Eastern music, sharing a single stage for both American and Asian audiences.”
December 20 at 8 PM: SING! An Irish Christmas with Keith & Kristyn Getty and Friends — Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“Ireland’s Keith and Kristyn Getty, writers of modern hymns and carols, celebrate Christmas with their sixth annual tour of Sing! An Irish Christmas. As seen on public television, the Gettys are joined by their band of instrumentalists, fusing Celtic, bluegrass, Americana, and classical music as well as cultural dance and the choral sounds of the holiday. Keith and Kristyn and their special guest friends perform a program that unites tradition and innovation in celebration of the season.”
December 20 at 7:30 PM: Three Tenors from Around the World and Friends — Weill Recital Hall
“This evening’s performance celebrates the season with three tenors from around the world: Raúl Melo, Metropolitan Opera (Cuba); Benjamin Sloman, Sydney Lyric Opera (Australia); and Adam Klein, Metropolitan Opera (U.S.). The concert features well-loved works of opera, operetta, Broadway, Neapolitan songs, and holiday favorites: Nessun Dorma, La Donna È Mobile, Be My Love, O Sole Mio, Oh, Holy Night, The Lord’s Prayer, and many others. The tenors are joined by guest artists David Gvinianidze, baritone; Olga Lisovskaya, soprano; Merab Ebralidze, piano; and a winner of “Talents of the World” Voice Competition. The concertmaster for the evening is Victoria Ulanovskaya, piano.”
December 22 at 7:30 PM: New York Musician’s Center Student and Faculty Holiday Showcase — Weill Recital Hall
“Based in Long Island, the New York Musician’s Center seeks to foster excellence among children in the performing arts. This recital celebrates over ten years of musical distinction with holiday favorites.”
If you’re excited about a Carnegie Hall/ holiday performance, concert, or event that wasn’t listed, please feel free to reach out!